It’s like B&N but it doesn’t cost me anything
Posted by Lynn at 11:36 pm in Uncategorized

A couple of years ago I found myself out of work and I discovered a great way to save money, storage space and I’m sure the environment.  I’m talking about the public library.  I can search for books by topic, author or title, reserve them online and the only drawback is that they aren’t delivered to my doorstep.  I can return the books anytime of the day and night and if I need to I can renew online.  If I pick up an author I hate, it didn’t cost me anything.  If I pick up an author I like, I can reserve every book they’ve ever written and it won’t cost me a fortune.

With the onset of the internet people kept predicting the end of libraries but those smart librarians have learned to adapt.  My county library has become a major resource for job hunters.  They offer career seminar courses that cover target job search, local resources, company research and online applications.  They offer short courses on how to use word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software.  I can even email or fax questions to the reference librarian.

The only thing missing is the cafe.  I mentioned that to a friend and you’d think I was proposing that the devil should come to dinner.  I think it would be a nice little moneymaker.  Offer coffee and tea all the time and then there could be bake sale fund raisers on the weekend. With all the budget cutting going on  it might be a clever way to raise a little extra money.  The other weekend the librarians were wearing t-shirts to promote reading. Hey for $15-20 I would have purchased one.

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